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Bajlo Tomar Alor Benu (Mahalaya)

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Bajlo tomar alor benu

Sargam Notations for a Bengali Mahalaya song

Bajlo Tomar Alor Benu

Song:- Bajlo Tomar Alor Benu
Singer:- Supriti Ghosh
Music:- Pankaj Kumar Mullick
Lyrics:- Bani Kumar
Scale : C#

This popular Bengali song, especially sung on the occasion of Durga Puja, is based on Raag Bhairavi in which all the four Swars – Re Ga Dha and Ni are played in their Komal forms.

Bajlo-tomar-alor-benu Sargam

Observed seven days before the Durga Puja every year, Mahalaya is welcoming of the goddess of supreme power – Durga. This song is a kind of expression of emotions of the devotees when Goddess Durga is on her way to descend on Earth with all her aura.

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How to read SARGAM notations

  • CAPITAL LETTERS = Shuddh Swars (Pure Notes)
  • small letters = Komal Swars (Flat Notes)
  • A Note with # [hash] = Tivra Swar 
  • Letter/Alphabet ONLY = Medium Pitch/Normal blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet PRECEDED BY a ” . ” [full stop] or  a ” , ” [comma] = Low Pitch/Softer blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet FOLLOWED BY a ‘ [single quote] = High Pitch/harder blow on flute
  • Notes in { } = “murki” or “khatka” which have to be played very fast without any pause
  • A Note in ( ) = “kann swar” has to be just touched before moving on to the next note
  • A “~” between two Notes = “Meend”. That is, you have to glide from one note to another slowly to produce that wavy effect.
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